Well, C2D7 followers, I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is never fear, your predictions are here. The bad news is I won’t be attending today’s games in Salisbury and will be covering the Class 1 District 10 championship games at Glasgow instead. One of these days, maybe I’ll find a way to clone myself so I don’t have to pick one over the other in the future, but today is not that day.
District championships are on the line. Who do ya got?
No. 2 Sweet Springs (G) vs. No. 1 Harrisburg (1 p.m. tip-off): Harrisburg head coach Dan Bachmeier said the roller coaster ride we saw Wednesday night was a pretty good summary of his team’s season. We saw this team get hot and then come close to panicking late. But today, I don’t think we’ll see Harrisburg build a 22-point lead against Sweet Springs. This Greyhound team continues to impress me game after game, and after all, they only lost by 11 points to Tipton, which awaits the winner of this game in the state sectionals. Sweet Springs has never won a district championship. Harrisburg is trying to wins its fourth in six years. How can you not side with experience in this game? Prediction: Harrisburg 57, Sweet Springs 52.
No. 2 New Franklin (B) vs. No. 1 Salisbury (2:45 p.m. tip-off): Will the third time be the charm today for New Franklin? Tanner White is 15 points shy of 1,600 for his career, and the Bulldogs will have to go to him often today, so I like his chances of reaching that mark. Salisbury won the first meeting by 13 on a neutral court, then won by 8 on New Franklin’s floor. One may say New Franklin is getting closer and closer to figuring out Salisbury, and that may very well be true. But this is a home game for Salisbury, and man, that crowd was electric Thursday night when the Panthers played Harrisburg, especially during that early 17-0 run. Honestly, for New Franklin to pull off the improbable today, it can’t afford to let Salisbury go any further than 6-0 runs today. The Bulldogs might want to take a page out of Harrisburg’s playbook and try to force some early foul trouble (Brady Francis had 3 fouls in the first quarter vs. Harrisburg). New Franklin sealed its first 20-win season in nine years this week. Can the Bulldogs win their first district title in nine years as well? Prediction: Salisbury 66, New Franklin 52.